The Centrality Of Christ (2)

The Centrality Of Christ (2)

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We must also mention the influence that Christ has on angels and demons. Concerning angels, some theologians believe that the angels were admitted to the beatifc vision of God by virtue of the mystery of the Cross. Many fathers also make interesting statements. For instance, Saint Athanasius writes that the angels owe their salvation to the blood of Christ. The Gospels give us many statements concerning demons, and the clearly state that Christ defeated the reign of Satan with His Cross and established the reign of God. The demons who possessed the Gerasene man exclaimed, “What is there between us, Son of God? Have you come to torment us before our time?” (Mt 8:29). This is an obvious reference to the fact that the power of Satan is gradually broken by Christ. Satan’s power, therefore, still exists and will continue to exist until our salvation is completed, “because the accuser of our brethren will be cast out” (Rev. 12:10). Additional information on the role of Mary, enemy of Satan since the original announcement of salvation, can be found in the beautiful book by Father Candido Amantini, II mistero di Maria (Naples: Dehoniane, 1971).

If we see everything in the light of the centrality of Christ, we can see God’s plan, who created everything “for him and in expectation of him”. And we can see the actions of Satan, the enemy, the tempter, the accuser. By means of his temptation, evil, pain, sin and death entered the world. It is in this context that we are able to see the restoration of God’s plan, which Christ accomplished at the cost of his blood.

In this context, we are made aware of the power of the devil. Jesus calls him “the prince of this world” (Jn 12:31, 14:30, 16:11). John affirms that “the whole world is in the power of the evil one” (1 Jn 5:19); by “the world” John means everything that is opposed to God. Satan was the brightest of angels; he became the most evil of the devils and their chief. The demons remain bound to the same strict hierarchy that was given when they were angels: principalities, thrones, dominions, and so on (Col 1:16). However, while the angels, whose chief is Michael, are bound by a hierarchy of love, the demons live under a rule of slavery.

…to be continued.

Excerpts taken from the book, An Exorcist tells his story by Fr. Gabriele Amorth, Pages 19 – 23.

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